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The Clock

The Clock


In one of his travels, chassidic master Rabbi Yisachar Dov Ber of Radoshitz occasioned to stay the night at a wayside inn. In the morning, he sought out the innkeeper.

"The clock," he asked excitedly, "the clock you have hanging in my room -- where is it from? Where did you get that wonderful clock?"

"Why," said the surprised innkeeper, "it's quite an ordinary clock. There are hundreds like it hanging in homes throughout the country."

"No, no," insisted Rabbi Yisachar Dov. "This is no ordinary clock. You must find out for me where this clock comes from."

If only to humor his guest, the innkeeper made some inquiries, which yielded the information that this clock once belonged to the famed "Seer of Lublin," Rabbi Yaakov Yitzchak Horowitz. An heir of the "Seer" had been forced by poverty to sell all his possessions, and so the clock passed from owner to owner until it came to hang in one of the guestrooms of the inn.

"Of course!" exclaimed Rabbi Yisachar Dov upon hearing the clock's history. "This clock could only have belonged to the 'Seer of Lublin.' Only the Seer's clock could mark time in such a manner!

"Your standard clock," he explained to his host, "strikes such a mournful tone. 'Another hour of your life has passed you by,' it says. 'You are now one hour closer to the grave.' But this clock proclaims: 'Another hour of galut (exile) has gone by. You are now one hour closer to the coming of Moshiach and the Redemption...'

"All through the night," concluded Rabbi Yisachar Dov, "whenever this clock sounded the hour, I leapt from my bed and danced for joy."

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Shai Teaneck, NJ November 14, 2010

Interesting It's interesting that he noticed the difference between the clocks. Reply

Don R Baltimore, MD/USA April 13, 2010

shifting perspectives It is refreshing to hear a beautifully told story that shows us how easily we get caught in a depressing perspective without even being aware of it. By seeing a wider perspective, which is infused with life and hope, the entire experience changes meaning. It is therapeutic and affirming. Reply

Anna Oh April 14, 2007

now that's a good perspective I really love the message of this story. There are so many who buy into the whole "time is money" and worry about wastes of time everywhere. It's so important not to get so caught up in your own little world that you don't even consider that the Messiah will come at last.

Not that I would want to waste my life, but it's good to keep in mind that the best is yet to come. Reply

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